Eight schools, including two in Columbia County, were named today as recipients of educational grants offered by SRS contractor Savannah River Remediation to recognize and support excellence in teaching.
The grants, to be awarded directly to elementary schools to fund innovative teaching approaches to science and math, total about $15,000 and will be distributed to recipients screened and selected by SRR employees.
This year’s grant winners are: Tara Salley, Blue Ridge Elementary School, Evans; Alicia Miller, Lewiston Elementary School, Evans; Nathan Lobaugh, Clearwater Elementary School, Clearwater; Beth Graham, Hammond Hill Elementary School, North Augusta; Pamela Sweeney, Byrd Elementary School, Graniteville; Linda Walker, East Aiken Elementary School for the Arts; Christina McNeely, Redcliffe Elementary School, Aiken; and Marie Karr Trinidad, Holly Hill Elementary School, Holly Hill, S.C.
“We have schools doing outstanding and exciting things in their classrooms, but many times they are limited in their ability to reach students by a lack of materials and supplies,” said Dave Olson, president of SRR, which is a contractor at Savannah River Site. “For the past couple of decades, fewer students have been pursuing math and science-related careers. If we are to remain competitive, both as a company and a country, we must reverse that trend. Helping teachers excite students about math and science is one way of doing that.”
A reception will be held May 24 in Aiken to recognize the grant winners and present their checks.